Mercyhurst Hockey At Penn State

Men fall 7-5 to Nittany Lions, Women tie PSU 1-1 in State College

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Mercyhurst men's hockey team took down 17th-ranked Penn State, 7-4, in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,982 spectators on Friday at the Pegula Ice Arena.
 
Winning goaltender Brandon Wildung made 50 saves in net for Mercyhurst (3-2-2).
 
Les LancasterDerek Barach and Jonathan Charbonneauhad four-point nights. Lancaster finished with two goals and two assists while both Barach and Charbonneau added one goal and three assists.

Zach Todd added two goals, Joshua Lammon chipped in with one goal and one assist, and Jack Rileyand Taylor Best finished with two assists each. Nathan Ferriero also had an assist.
 
Andrew Sturtz, Erik Autio, Nikita Pavlychev and Sam Sternschein scored for Penn State (4-5-0).

The Lakers took a 3-0 lead in the first period, starting with Charbonneau's third goal of the season -- just 13 seconds into the game. Barach and Riley had assists.
 
Lammon and Todd scored within 1:31 of each other as the Lakers took a three-goal lead.. Lancaster assisted both goals while Best and Ferriero tallied assists, respectively.
 
Mercyhurst was unable to get into the first intermission with its 3-0 lead as Penn State struck for two goals within 28 seconds. Those tallies were put in by Sturtz and Autio.
 
During the second period, Todd put in his second goal of the night with assists from Lammon and Best before the Nittany Lions came back with a power-play goal from Pavlychev to pull back to 4-3.
 
The Nittany Lions capitalized on the power play with a goal from Pavlychev to make it 4-3.
 
Halfway through the second, Mercyhurst went back up 5-3 with a goal from Barach. Riley and Charbonneau had assists.
 
Penn State scored late in the second period to come back within one goal for the third time in the game. Sternschein recorded the goal.
 
Lancaster sealed the deal with two-power play goals in the third period to push the Laker lead back to three. Both goals were assisted by Charbonneau and Barach
 
Mercyhurst went 2-for-4 on the power play while Penn State went 1-for-5.
 
In a relief effort, Penn State goaltender Chris Funkey stopped 20 out of 24 shots on net. MU chased starter Peyton Jones with three goals on five shots.
 
Both teams are back in action Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

 

Mercyhurst women's ice hockey defenseman Molly Blasen scored with 5:08 remaining in regulation to set the Lakers up for a 1-1 draw at Penn State's Pegula Ice Center Saturday afternoon.
 
The Lakers (2-6-2) led with 35 total shots on goal to the Nittany Lions (2-6-4) 20, including a 17-7 advantage in the third period.
 
Penn State's only goal of the game came at 6:31 in the second period when Christi Vetter scored at even-strength to give Penn State the lead.
 
The Lakers peppered PSU-goalie Daniela Paniccia with shots in the the third period and Blasen finally got one past her at 14:52. Her first goal of the season went above Pannicia's shoulders and just beneath the crossbar. Alexa Vasko earned her team-leading sixth assist on the play while Vilma Tanskanen extended her point streak to five games with the second assist.
 
Mercyhrust recorded the only shot on goal in the overtime period.
 
Sarah McDonnell stopped 19 shots in the second of back-to-back starts in goal. Brooke Hartwick led all skaters with seven shots on goal with Sam Isbell close behind at six.
 
The Lakers committed just one penalty late in the first period and killed the ensuing Nittany Lions' power play. Mercyhurst's power play unit went 0-for-3.
 
The Lakers return home for their first home games in over a month when they host sixth-ranked Minnesota at Merychurst Ice Center next weekend, Nov. 10-11.


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